On Monday morning staff based at BP’s head office in central London woke to find that their building had been blockaded by climate protesters. Greenpeace activists put five large steel containers in position to block off the entrances, and abseiled down the front of the building to hang a banner saying “Climate emergency”. The containers had people inside, with food, toilets and internet connections so they could stay in place for several days, but the protesters were removed by police early on Monday night and 10 activists were arrested.
The protest might have been shortlived, but it was a dramatic curtainraiser for the debates over climate change at the annual general meetings of BP and Royal Dutch Shell the following day. Read more